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Borstal Boy; We Were Soldiers

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After violence and sex, Hollywood’s best sales tactic is the questionable label "Based on a true story." Suckers fall for that one every time–it’s what makes people take A Beautiful Mind seriously while disdaining I Am Sam (even though Sean Penn in the latter gives a much more interesting, honest, creative performance than Russell Crowe’s [&hellip
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Collateral Damage; Investigating Sex

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Investigating Sex Directed by Alan Rudolph At last, Schwarzenegger’s Collateral Damage has opened, okaying movie fans to go back to their pre-9/11 ignorance! More blockheaded movies have actually sneaked by the 9/11 moratorium on screen violence–especially the ultra-chaotic Black Hawk Down–but now Schwarzenegger’s outdated hamfistedness seems almost reassuringly quaint. Although no emotion can be read [&hellip
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Scotland, PA.

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Shakespeare in Vain should have been the title of the 1998 burlesque Shakespeare in Love but it’ll also do to describe Scotland, PA.–an updated parody of Macbeth. Popularizing Shakespeare to a fault, it’s about a ruthless young Pennsylvania couple in the 1970s who will do anything to turn the diner where they work into their [&hellip
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The Nearly Perfect Storytelling Represents a Giant Step in Todd Solondz’s Artistic Development

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Todd Solondz’s voice has changed. The pitiless sneer of Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness has acquired booming depth that makes his latest film, Storytelling, as funny as it is deliberately jolting. Storytelling proves at least one young filmmaker’s growth out of the adolescent derisiveness that has prevailed in mainstream American movies into a more [&hellip
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Gillian Armstrong’s Schmaltzy, Soulless Charlotte Gray

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Lines outside a neighborhood theater showing Gosford Park have been steady–and unusual. Each time I pass by, the ticket buyers mostly appear to be over 30. Since Hollywood’s post-Star Wars capitulation to the toy market, new movies commonly attract young viewers to the point that typical rambunctious movie queues resemble the crowds in front of [&hellip
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How High Isn’t Good ‘n’ Vulgar, It’s Shameless ‘n’ Vulgar; Ali’s Fails 100%; Angie Stone’s Brotha Video Addresses Black Men’s Phantom Identity

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Brotha Directed by Chris Robinson "It needed to be said," James Brown explained his 1969 recording of "Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)" to a tv interviewer. That sentiment is now dismissed by most black hiphop artists, its former urgency replaced by kneejerk expressions of angry entitlement (a la DMX) or hapless thuggery [&hellip
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Black Hawk Down Is as Offensive as Giuliani on Saturday Night Live

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On Sept. 29, 2001, Saturday Night Live broadcast an image more invidious than the World Trade Center towers crumbling to dust. The episode opened with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani showing America–and the world–a questionable picture of New York courage: Giuliani stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen and behind their [&hellip
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